Jack Lundin is currently a freshman at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Jack is one of two Missoula Elite locals who will be playing college lacrosse for the first time this year. He played for the innaugural MEL program back in 2008 and recently graduated from Hellgate High School, where he was a Team Captain for the State Champs and an All-State selection. It might not sound like that big of a deal, but Jack is a trailblazer out on the Frontier, a solid lacrosse player, and a great kid. I’ve been coaching Jack since he first started to play and will be following him throughout the year.
Why did you decide to get into lacrosse initially, and what made you stick with it?
I initially got into lacrosse because a buddy of mine, who was a couple years older, started playing in the Flagship program and by the time I got to high school I needed a spring sport to play. I ended up sticking with it because I was able to find a good place. I’m a smaller guy and it’s more about the work you put into it.
What was the hardest part about growing up on the Lacrosse Frontier? What was the best part?
The hardest part would be going to other areas and seeing that we weren’t on par with the other teams yet, but I guess the best part goes hand in hand with that – when we would go to these same places a few years later and see the progress we had made, the whole progression of it.
Which experiences prior to college, both on the field and off, best prepared you for the college life?
On the field, playing on a team that demands regular attention and regular practice was important. Going on team trips outside of the state helped me a lot. Off the field, just having multiple extra-curricular things along with school helped me prepare for college.
Describe your experiences this fall – how was the competition? What was it like to play with people you don’t know?
The fall was a bit of a change of pace, playing with people with varying skill sets and skills was challenging, but over the course of the fall I could see myself getting better. It was fun to go and play against other teams in the fall, such as the Griz, and seeing that we stacked up pretty well. Playing with new teammates was different for the first few practices. I’ve been playing with the same guys for 4 years, but after a few practices and a couple tournaments I definitely started to click and its been a fun experience for me.
What are you looking forward to most about your first season in the MCLA?
I’m just looking forward to playing at a different level of lacrosse with a different group of people. Coming out of high school I see it as a new challenge for me.
What are the team goals for the Cats this year? What are your personal goals?
The team goals are just to make it as far as we can. We definitely have a tough conference, with teams like Westminster, and we were ranked just outside of the Top 25 in the Pre-Season poll so we want to get in there. My personal goal is just to progress during the season and see where I end up at the end of the year. I just want to contribute to the team as much as I can.